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Duck Key Residents Want to Dredge Canal But Roadblocks Stand in the Way

Posted on October 28, 2015

By Kevin Wadlow, KeysInfoNet

An appeal to allow maintenance dredging of Duck Key‘s canal system raised concerns about “opening Pandora’s box” among Monroe County commissioners, meeting Wednesday.

Duck Key Property Owners Association representative Sherry Popham told commissioners that Hurricane Wilma a decade ago and Hurricane Georges in 1998 carried massive amounts of sand and sediment into historically “free-flowing canals” throughout the oceanside island community at mile marker 61.

It has continued to accumulate, creating an unwanted beach inside a main canal, reducing canal depth and tripling the size of a nearby sandbar, Popham said.

“This shows how bad the problem is becoming,” Popham said while showing an aerial photograph. “It’s not getting better. It’s getting worse on a daily basis.”


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